When Emarea Scott, of Ruston, was told her mom needed a kidney transplant, she did not think twice about donating her own kidney. After three weeks of tests and blood work, she found out that she was a match and could donate her kidney to her mother, Belinda Scott, of Ruston.
“She said to me, ‘Mom you have given me life – if I have to give you my kidney then I will,” said Belinda Scott. “She put her career on hold to this for me.”
Emarea Scott is currently enrolled at Northwestern State University- Shreveport where she is taking a break from school to recover and take care of her mother.
“I was supposed to start my clinical rotation in August,” Emarea Scott said. “When I found out we were able to do this, I told the transplant team that I wanted to get everything done before school.”
Sacrificing school to be able to help her mom was something she “just had to do.”
Belinda Scott has suffered from diabetes for 15 years. After 14 years of dieting and watching her glucose levels, she had finally gotten her levels to a normal level. Then she was told her kidneys were functioning at 17 percent.
“When they told me my kidneys were failing, I was already in stage five failure,” Belinda Scott said. “The funny thing is, I had none of the symptoms one usually has when their kidney’s are failing.”
Belinda Scott said it wasn’t until a year later that she started to see the effects.
“My first day of dialysis I had to be hospitalized,” Belinda Scott said. “They sent me to the hospital because of blood toxicity levels. It’s ironic because it was almost exactly a year after I was told my kidney’s were failing.”
Belinda Scott spent Mother’s Day in the hospital battling glucose levels and high blood pressure.
For Emarea Scott, seeing her mother in the hospital was not something she could bare.
“I couldn’t stand there and watch my mother lay in the hospital,” Emarea Scott said. “I want to be a nurse and I’m a very hands-on person, so when it came to her care, I became very hands-on.”
After another stay in the hospital in June, Belinda and Emarea Scott were able to start the process of transplanting a kidney.
“It usually takes two months for the process to find out if you are a match or not,” Emarea Scott said. “The transplant team worked with us to get my mom into surgery as quickly as possible. We had the perfect window of opportunity and we were able to take it.”
On Aug. 4, Belinda and Emarea had a successful transplant surgery.
“When I woke up, the first thing I asked was if my mom was OK,” Emarea Scotts said. “I was in more pain than she was, but I wanted to make sure she was OK.”
The mother-daughter duo said they both worked hard to recover so they could be with each other.
“Our rooms were down the hall from each other so if I wanted to see my mom, I had to walk there,” Emarea Scott said. “The pain was a lot, but I suffered through it so I can see her.”
Nearly a month after surgery, the two are back home in Ruston and on their way to making a full recovery.
“All praise and glory to God because I have had no pain since the surgery,” Belinda Scott said. “My kidney even started working before they stitched me up. That is how I know this was an act of God.”
Belinda Scott says God was in control during this whole process and she knew he was going to fix it.
“I can’t thank my God and my daughter enough,” Belinda Scott said. “The whole time I was in the hospital, Emarea would whisper in my ear ‘Momma, you are strong. Stay strong.’ I am so proud of her for doing this for me.”
While Belinda wants to set up a foundation to raise money for transplant canidates, her daughter said this was something she thinks is unnecessary.
“I don’t regret helping my mom out at all,” Emarea Scott said. “I would do it again if I need to. I did it because she is my mom and she needed me.”
This originally appeared in The Ruston Daily Leader